Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze said he was in a weird spot since he considers Alabama head coach Nick Saban a friend and the two communicate, Sports Illustrated writer Ross Dellenger wrote in a Tuesday article.

“Yeah, I want to beat the crap out of him during the Iron Bowl, but we are friends,” Hugh Freeze said.

Freeze, who was named the 31st head coach of Auburn after he signed a six-year deal with an average of $6.5 million per year in November, while dropping a harmless warning to Nick Saban after he mentioned he was looking forward to playing in the Iron Bowl during his introductory conference.